Blessing Israel as Passover Approaches

Happy Lord’s Day!

We’re only days away from the beginning of the spring feast season on the Hebrew calendar.  Do you realize Passover commences at sundown this Friday evening (March 30, 2018)?  The eight-day festival also includes the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of First Fruits.  We’ll focus more on those events in coming days, but today I want to draw your attention to a very practical way of blessing Israel during this feast season.

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress.
~James 1:27 (NLT)

In Haifa Israel, a home is provided for Holocaust survivors.  All in their 80’s and 90’s now, residents are shown the love of Christ as they live out their lives in dignity and honor.  The Haifa Home is a ministry of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.  They operate the 9-building complex, but every space is filled and there are still survivors in distress, with no one to care for them in their final years.  (Approximately 1/3 of living Holocaust survivors in Israel live in poverty.)  Thus, ICEJ is looking to expand to a 10th building at the Haifa Home.

Meet Holocaust survivor, Shoshanna Kolmer, and read her amazing story, Surviving Against All Odds.

Embassies represent the interests of the one who sent them.  For example,  the US has embassies in countries around the world, representing American interests.  The ICEJ is indeed a Christian embassy, representing the interests of Christians worldwide, whose ambassadors serve at the calling of our Lord, sharing Christ’s love to the people and the land of Israel.  In fact, the ICEJ is representing your love and care for orphans and widows who survived the Holocaust.  It is your embassy in Jerusalem!

If you are one who takes seriously the Bible’s principles of blessing Israel, and you consider this a worthy place in which to give financially, why not help make a 10th building on the Haifa Home campus a reality?  In the article, just click on “Donate Now” to be part of the incredible work being done with Holocaust survivors in Israel.  (Your gift is tax deductible.)

PS: Because the love of Christ has been poured out to residents of the Haifa Home, each year those residents, in turn, pour out love to others by assisting the ICEJ staff in preparing Passover boxes for others in need!  What a beautiful thing!

ICEJ Vice President David Parsons Talks about the US Embassy Move

By now you know that President Trump has announced the US will move the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May.  Despite threats of turmoil and retaliation from Arabs and Palestinians, Trump made good on a campaign promise.

But did you know the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 ordered the US Embassy to be situated in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999?  In fact, the law actually stipulated 3 things:

Jerusalem Embassy Act - 3 Stipulations

President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, as well as his announcement that the embassy will be moved to Jerusalem were simply fulfillment of law that Congress passed 23 years ago!  (See a copy of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 here.)

But how did the law originate?  In the 1990’s, David Parsons (who is now a Vice President and Senior Spokesperson for ICEJ), drafted the bill, including the three specific points noted above.  The bill changed somewhat (including the provision of presidential waivers) before being passed by Congress in 1995.  But it was almost a quarter century later when President Trump finally did what no other president had the courage to do: fulfill the provisions of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995!

Recently, David Parsons was interviewed by CBN, where he discussed the significance of the recent presidential pronouncements.  Take time to view the 6 1/2-minute interview here and read the story here.

Enjoy!

Word from Jerusalem – March 2018

The anticipated US Embassy move to Jerusalem has made worldwide news.  Indeed, it is a newsworthy event.  However, did you know that you already have an embassy in Jerusalem?  Indeed, when all nations were pulling their embassies out of Jerusalem in the 1980’s, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem moved in!

For about 40 years, ambassadors of Christ have stood with Israel, in Jerusalem, at the ICEJ!  If you are a Christian, YOU have an embassy in the Holy City!

As you may know, the ICEJ publishes Word from Jerusalem, a magazine sharing news of current events from a Biblical perspective and updating us on the work of the Embassy.  But did you know they produce both a “global” issue as well as a US edition?  (They also publish specific issues in a few other countries as well.)  In this issue of the “global” edition, you will find:

  • Restored for Destruction – ICEJ President Jurgen Buhler shares an alternate view of “the time of Jacob’s trouble.”  (Study for yourself to discern whether or not you agree with this view!)
  • The Miracle of Israel’s Rebirth – the miracle of a nation’s rebirth, only 3 years after their near destruction.
  • Haifa Home Expansion – news on the planned addition to the home for Holocaust survivors, operated by the ICEJ.
  • Playing Defence – an update on provision of bomb shelters in areas near the Gaza Strip.
  • Choosing to Remember – a visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.
  • Update on Protests in Iran

Check out those articles and more here:

 

The March issue of the US edition contains articles such as:

  • Three incredible reports on ICEJ’s involvement in “Operation Good Neighbor.”
  • ICEJ Donates New Bomb Shelters
  • No Time to Lose – helping Holocaust survivors before its too late.
  • Expanding and Uniting – increasing number of ICEJ branches worldwide.
  • How Can We Help Palestinian Refugees

Find all that and more here: